Paris Apple Store raided by four armed men on New Year's Eve

Paris Apple Store raided by four armed men on New Year's EveFour armed men raided the Apple Store in Paris on Monday evening with one security guard getting injured in the raid. The robbery took place three hours after the store had closed at a time when police were already stretched looking after New Year's Eve revelers on Paris' famous Champs Elysee and by the Eiffel Tower. It is thought that the four men escaped with around $1.3 million worth of Apple products.

Christophe Crepin, an Unsa police union official, told Le Parisien newspaper that 'the four hooded and heavily armed criminals made their move very quickly. Most of the police forces were being mobilised to monitor the Champs Elysees, so the robbers have clearly benefitted from this opportunity to strike.' Mr Crepin said the robbers mainly took 'a lot of goods' and very little money. Early estimates were that the haul was worth well over 1 million euros, or close to 1 million pounds.

This is the first ever armed raid on an Apple Store in France. The four masked men were each carrying hand guns and attacked the store's security guard before loading hundreds of iPhone and iPad devices into a waiting van; they sped off before police arrived at the store. The police are currently studying CCTV and looking for the four suspects. No doubt the black market for Apple products in France will be awash with new devices as the criminals try and cash in on their haul.

Source: The Daily Mail

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Paris Apple Store raided by four armed men on New Year's Eve


Marijuana is also illegal in the U.S. (except for 2 states), yet just about everyone I know has been under the influence of it. Just because Guns are illegal doesn't mean people will not try to access them and use them for situations like this. As contracting as this may sound, I'm all for Gun Control, but as long as I'm in a country like the U.S. I believe I am better off with my right to bear arms. Glad to hear no one was really and the security guard is okay.

gun are illegal for ownership in France and this is a perfect example of why people need to be able to bear arms. Criminals will always have access to illegal narcotics, firearms, or any other 'illicit' product. Legalize dont victimize the good citizens.

Since when is carrying a handgun 'heavily armed'? Maybe the robbers were just overweight from the holidays and had some granny underarm flab?

Glad nobody is seriously hurt. It's only a matter of time before Apple activates 300 Find My Phone beacons all pointing to the same warehouse..

Rene! Get Chris to up his writing game. Every post of his is so poorly written it's embarrassing. "Four armed men?" Seriously? Does anyone proof this stuff before it goes up?

Is it really worth stealing Apple products? Almost every time I hear about it, they end up tracing the goods and catching the crooks. Apple products are the last thing I would steal, if I were to.